Governor General calls on the nation to give children a ’Fair Go’ as National Child Protection Week starts
“Every child, in every community, needs a fair go” is the theme of National Child Protection Week 2021, which kicks off on Fathers’ Day, 5 September.
NAPCAN Patron, Governor General David Hurley encourages everyone to embrace the challenge to ensure every child, in every community, gets a fair go.
“Every child has a right to be loved, cared for, to have their needs to be met and be afforded the chance to realise their potential. This goal must be important to all Australians.
“I commend all of those already working hard every day – as individuals, as community members, as volunteers and as workers – to help create communities that support families and children.”
NAPCAN CEO Richard Cooke says, “Research tells us that prolonged ‘toxic’ stress such as living in a community with high rates of abuse and violence may stop children from getting a strong foundation for life. Without adequate supports, this can impact early brain development, as well as future physical health.”
“The stress of finances, health, work or relationships – let alone a global pandemic – makes it difficult for parents to navigate life’s choppy waters and provide the stability that is so important for children.”
“Together, let’s work to make sure every neighbourhood has strong foundations for families and children – from jobs, stable housing, health services, financial support, and child care – through to libraries, parks, playgrounds, clubs, and social supports.”
“When we address these root causes of stress, we lighten the load for families and create healthier communities for everyone, particularly children.”
National Child Protection Week runs from 5 – 11 September and involves community events (online and offline) all around Australia.
A key part of the 2021 campaign will be a series of free online webinars, open to everyone who wants to start conversations about supporting families and children to thrive in their community.
The Governor-General had officially launched National Child Protection Week at a public live-streamed event on Monday 6 September.
For more information visit www.napcan.org.au.
NAPCAN is the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
NAPCAN coordinates National Child Protection Week annually with support from the Department of Social Services and many organisation